|Posted on January 9, 2017 at 5:20 PM||comments (0)|
TUNES BY THE TRACKS will be at the Clifton Springs library, on Wednesday,
Your effervescent hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are pleased and thrilled, to welcome our Feature:
~ CHRISTINE LAVIN ~
Christine performs concerts all over the US, Canada, and points beyond (Australia, Germany, Israel), and hosts knitting circles backstage prior to each show.
Her songs of hers have been performed by artists as diverse as Broadway stars Betty Buckley, Sutton Foster, and David Burnham, cabaret divas Andrea Marcovicci. Barbara Brussell, and Colleen McHugh, the college a cappella Dartmouth Decibelles, and The Accidentals, winners of the National Harmony Sweepstakes championship.
Christine has recently added intermission tutorial activities -- namely, teaching audience members how to fold cloth napkins in the Downton Abbey style.
Her book, COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA?? is available in paperback, kindle, iPad, and audio book formats. Just One Angel, her first holiday compilation project, (22 artists, 22 Christmas/Hanukah/Solstice/New Year's songs) became a four-artist west coast tour that hit the road in December of 2011, 2012, and 2013.
AWARDS: Christine received a 2012 NYC Nightlife Award given annually to the best concert and cabaret performers. In November 2011 her book COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA?? won the 43rd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in non-fiction writing about pop music. Christine has also won five ASCAP composer awards, the Backstage Bistro Award for Best NYC Singer/Songwriter Of The Year, The Kate Wolf Memorial Award, and her album Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind won Album Of The Year from the National Association Of Independent Record Distributors.
LATEST PROJECTS: Christine started creating videos for her songs in 2011, and now creates them for other artists (Robyn Landis, John Margolis, Don White, Honor Finnegan, Craig Werth, Grammy-winner Julie Gold, David Ippolito). She has many posted at youtube and vimeo. This one: ROSES FROM THE WRONG MAN won a weekly contest on WNET in NYC and was broadcast on Channel 13 in NYC. Her Mom grew the roses, Christine snapped the photos. Make sure you play it to the very end -- what's at the end no doubt helped this video win.
Christine was the keynote speaker in November 2016 at the annual North East Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA). A written expanded edition of her presentation is available upon request.
...and there's more ~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~ no better time, to suit up, show up, git up, tune up, and share yer best song. Just ask Cathy, Allen, of Jim (moi), and yer in bidness.
|Posted on December 26, 2016 at 11:40 AM||comments (0)|
Jed Curran Loren Barrrigar
TUNES BY THE TRACKS, is on schedule, for our first show, of 2017...and it's destined to be, a dandy!
Indefatiguable hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are delighted to welcome the New Year, with our Feature:
Loren Barrigar, http://www.lorenandmark.com/info has stage presence, and talent, that's in a class by itself. We're accustomed to Loren performing, with his good friend, and acoustic duo partner, Mark Mazengarb, and as we'll see, Loren is equally adept, playing with other musicians.
Loren's guitar is so magnificent, that his terrific vocals, seem like sensory overload, and we're gonna be treated to both, on Jan 4th
...plus...here they come, agin ~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~ will kick off 2017, with zest, and panache...(now is the time...why wait...just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi), and you kin be a Mystery Picker, too)
|Posted on November 29, 2016 at 7:15 AM||comments (0)|
Mary Lester Pat Carey Cathy McGrath
TUNES BY THE TRACKS will be on location for our 8th annual Christmas Concert, on Wednesday, December 21st, in the Auditorium of Wellspring Church, on Teft Avenue. http://www.wellspringchurch.us/
Harmonious holiday hosts, Jim Clare and Allen Hopkins, are pleased, and very proud, to Feature:
~ CUISLE MO CHROI ~
Cathy McGrath, Pat Carey, and Mary Lester, are the three lovely, multi-talented women, of CUISLE MO CHROI, (say Cushla Mo Chree), https://www.facebook.com/CuisleMoChroi3/
They accompany their exquisite vocal harmonies, with a variety of instruments, including guitar, mountain dulcimer, Irish harp, flute, and penny whistle, and bodhran.
The three bring joyous life to Christmas songs and instrumental tunes galore, from America, Ireland, England, France, and Canada.
Cathy, Pat, and Mary will be joined, by a Christmas list of special guests. The incomparable Perry Cleaveland, will supply fiddle and mandolin, Lynn Pilaroscia, fiddle, plus Jim Clare, and Allen Hopkins, on guitar, vocals, and percussion. Wellspring Celtic band will also be a special guest.
Thanks to Wellspring Church for collaborating with Tunes By The Tracks for this special concert!
|Posted on November 7, 2016 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted on October 24, 2016 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is headed for a Nov 2nd arrival, at the Clifton Springs library.
Harmonious hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are delighted to welcome back a wonderful musician friend, as Feature:
~ PERRY CLEAVELAND & FRIENDS ~
Perry, https://www.facebook.com/pcleaveland" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/pcleaveland, is a warm, funny, classy gentleman, who personifies musical excellence. A master mandolin player, Perry's bottomless catalog of songs, ranges from Bluegrass, Country, and Folk standards, to original songs, by regional songwriters, like John Cadley.
Perry is equally at home, on the fiddle, or the guitar, and his fine tenor vocals are invariably fan favorites.
We always feel lucky to get Perry for an evening, because that means, that several other great bands, will have to squeak by, without him.
Perry has been a bulwark, of Bristol Mountain Bluegrass, Rebecca Colleen & the Chorelads, The Cadleys, and Meyer & McGuire, and he is the go-to guy, for regional musicians, when they need the absolute best, in the studio, or in live performance.
...and the icing on the cake...The MYSTERY PICKERS...we are always treated to great songs, by our Mystery Pickers, and we invite you...yes, you!...to git up, tune up, and play us a song. Just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi), and yer in bidness.
|Posted on October 8, 2016 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
Elaine Verstraete Maria Gillard Perry Cleaveland
|Posted on September 24, 2016 at 8:55 AM||comments (0)|
~ Stardust and Butterflies ~
Our good friend, David Ianni will be returning, with his fine guitar to underpin a show, that is certain to delight.
David will play guitar behind the vocals of Linda Foster and Laura Jean Diekmann, two ladies we've loved in their prior visits.
This is going to be an evening of lovely music, by some of America's finest songwriters.
Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, and Joan Baez...I just hear the names, and those wonderful songs start going through my head...and
we'll hear their songs once more, on Oct 5th.
Linda Foster and Laura Jean Diekmann, and David Ianni, offer a concert that celebrates the legacy, of these beloved singer-songwriters, with the songs we cherish...Diamonds and Rust, Turn, Turn, Turn, Circle Game, Someday Soon, Both Sides Now, and many more.
...we'll catch our breath, with a short break, and then...
~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~ will saunter into the spotlight, for the second half of the evening. (care to take a turn, in the barrel? Ask Cathy, Allen, or moi (Jim), and you too, can be a Mystery Picker)
|Posted on September 13, 2016 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
Jon Rubins Ralph Minervio Chris Glatley
Ralph Minervino Jon Rubins Chris Glatlty
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is just over yonder hill, headed for an ontime arrival at Clifton Springs library, on Wednesday, Sep 21st.
Your ebullient hosts Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are very pleased to welcome back our Feature:
~ ALMOST IRISH ~
We've loved these lads on their previous visits...and by jingo...here they come again...
ALMOST IRISH, is a trio familiar to traditional music lovers in the Finger Lakes where they have performed for over 10 years. They are so named because none of them are Irish. and their repertoire includes tunes from all over the Celtic map besides Ireland, such as Shetland, Brittany and French Canada.
They've been regular performers at the annual GCVM Fiddle Fair, Springwater Fiddlers Fair, Honeoye Redbeard festival and outdoor concerts in Canandaigua, Bloomfield and Clifton Springs.
Chris Glattly (keyboard and guitar) studied piano at MSU earning a BA (Music) with a concentration in piano tech, where he discovered recordings of the Chieftains and other folk groups. Chris has far ranging musical interests in both classical and traditional and is a much respected accompanist in the Rochester Irish musical community. Chris is a registered piano technician (RPT) and owner of Glattly Pianoforte, providing piano sales and service.
Ralph Minervino is a regular Tracker, who is a retired podiatrist and a long time lover of Irish music, although his first instrument was the clarinet. He joined Fiddlers of the Genesee (FOG), where his interest in Celtic music was piqued. He now plays the penny whistle and flute, and teaches whistle technique at workshops in the Rochester area. He finds time to play with the Victor Community Band and is exploring the world of fiddling.
Jon Rubins was inspired by Andres Segovia and took classical guitar lessons as a teenager. He sang and played guitar and banjo at cofee houses while in medical school( he is a retired oncologist) but dropped music until 20 years later when he picked up a fiddle rented by his wife from Music Lovers Shop. FOG was also his entry into Irish music, and bluegrass banjo and mandolin have been added to his repertoire, “Almost Irish Almost Live” is the group’s CD, released in 2004 and includes over 40 tunes.
...yes, indeedy folks...THE MYSTERY PICKERS...the wildly popular segment of the show, where our frisky musical friends strut their stuff, will occupy the second half of the evening. (Feeling ready??
just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi)...and yer career as a MYSTERY PICKER, is launched!!)
|Posted on August 22, 2016 at 8:25 AM||comments (0)|
Allen Hopkins Bonnie Abrams
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is inbound, for a stop at the library on Wednesday, Sep 7th.
Continuously congenial hosts, Jim Clare and Cathy McGrath, are delighted to welcome our mossy-horned co-host and his long-time duet partner, as our Feature:
Bonnie, http://dynrec.com/bonnieabrams/ , is a multi-instrumentalist, who writes and performs her own songs and she sings everything from choral music to Broadway show tunes. As "Voice of the Second Generation", Bonnie has performed programs of song and narration from the European Jewish experience at multi-cultural celebrations and Holocaust Commemorations.
Allen Hopkins, is our own TUNES BY THE TRACKS co-host.
You all know Allen...he's the guy who plays bluegrass, blues, Celtic music and even Stephen Foster ballads on his three dozen acoustic instruments...(calm down, he won't be playing all of them).
Us Trackers have kicked back with Bonnie and Allen before, so we're prepared laugh, clap, sing along, and maybe even shed a tear...(metaphorically speaking)
...but wait ~THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~ those loveable louts have been stealing the show lately, so who knows what surprises are in store, this time...
If you're champing at the bit to give it a go, as a Mystery Picker...see Cathy or Jim (moi), and we'll sign you up, on the spot.
|Posted on August 5, 2016 at 2:45 PM||comments (0)|
Summer continues to sit hotly upon us, which means, it's a great time for some live
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is steaming in, and she'll be at the Library on Wed,
Your ever cool hosts, Jim Clare, and Cathy McGrath, are delighted and excited to
welcome back another favorite as our Feature:
~ FRED VINE ~
Fred Vine, http://www.fredvine.com is is a master of "Piedmont"
style and Delta bottleneck slide guitar.
His repertoire is rich with traditional blues, compelling instrumentals and captivating
Fred's musical tastes are eclectic, so we'll enjoy acoustic blues, jazz, original
compositions , American Songbook and contemporary songs.
His influences include bluesmen Rev. Gary Davis, Robert Johnson, Son House,
Mississippi John Hurt, Jelly Roll Morton and certainly Chet Atkins.
Laid back, yet engaging and witty, Fred easily connects with his audience...which is us
Heads Up Shoppers...Fred's CD's will be for sale ~ "Mister Freddy Blues"
(a compendium of roots blues), "Crystal River Blues" (a mixed bag of jazz, blues and
contemporary), "Cruising on the Belle" and "Genesee Delta Stomp", which showcases
Fred's original music.
As a seasoned performer, Fred has shared the stage with Muddy Waters,
John Hammond, Guy Davis, Dave Van Ronk and many others.
~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS...will let fly, during the second half of the
evening. See Cathy or Jim (moi), to try yer hand at the glitzy, glamouous
world of show bizzness.